Yep, it’s happening.
At UFC 224 either Nate Diaz or Jorge Masvidal will go home with the “Baddest Motherfucker” belt.
Who walks away as the BMF!? 🤬
— UFC (@ufc) September 19, 2019
That’s according to UFC president Dana While, who told today’s UFC 244 press conference that a real belt is being made – although it’s not a real title fight… if that makes sense?
UFC 244 is set for 2 November (3 Nov. Asia time) at Madison Square Garden in New York. The fight came to fruition after talks to stage a 170-pound title fight between Kamaru Usman and interim title-holder Colby Covington derailed.
Over his UFC career, Diaz has notched up incredible victories against Michael Johnson, Gray Maynard, Jim Miller and Takanori Gomi. He now hopes to keep his momentum going and enter the welterweight top five.
Masvidal (34-13) etched his name in the UFC history books for fastest knockout after executing a stunning flying knee against previously undefeated Ben Askren.
The 16-year veteran has also delivered unforgettable knockouts against Darren Till, Donald Cerrone, Jake Ellenberger and Cezar Ferreira. Masvidal now aims to deliver another sensational finish in the biggest fight of his career.
Till moves up
Also on the card is former welterweight title challenger Darren Till (17-2-1), who is set to test the waters in the ultra-competitive middleweight division against the Ultimate Fighter season 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum (16-4).
Throughout his UFC stint, Gastelum has netted impressive wins against Jacare Souza, Michael Bisping and Tim Kennedy. He now hopes to re-assert himself as a 185-pound title threat.
Till earned wins over Stephen Thompson, Donald Cerrone and Jessin Ayari and will now look to make his mark at 185 pounds.
UFC 244 bouts include:
Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Darren Till
Derrick Lewis vs Blagoy Ivanov
Corey Anderson vs. Johnny Walker
Stephen Thompson vs. Vicente Luque
Katlyn Chookagian vs. Jennifer Maia
Andrei Arlovski vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Julio Arce vs. Hakeem Dawodu
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Edmen Shahbazyan
Lyman Good vs. Chance Rencountre